Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Cool Soap Dishes

We are always advising our customers to keep their handmade soap out of the water between uses. Here are some great soap dishes that we love that should do the trick:

Italian Contemporary Maiolica

Soap Dish made of volcanic stone

Stainless Steel Soap Dish

Sumo Wrestler Soap Holder

Sunday, July 29, 2007

When is it rude to NOT speak French (and how did my wife get so smart)?

On Friday, a group of 5 young ladies came in to the shop, speaking with a pronounced French Accent. I looked at Mrs SudsMuffin while the ladies looked around the shop, and said to her tentatively "fran├žais?" I figured she would take the hint and jump in to rescue me, using her native French to help the girls. But much to my surprise, my wife did not step up and change language. She kept speaking with the ladies in English, as they obviously struggled with the words. I kept looking at my sweet Mrs, nodding my head towards the customers, wondering why on earth she was still not speaking French with them.

Then when we asked the ladies where they were from, they said Fredericton. I knew that couldn't be right but my clairvoyant wife nodded knowingly. I then asked where they were FROM from and received answers that pointed to some very French-speaking locations in Quebec and New Brunswick (even one was from Syria...). Mrs SudsMuffin spoke up and asked if they were enjoying their ESL (English Second Language) program and they all said that they were and told of how there were participants there from around the world.

My incredibly smart wife told the ladies that she also speaks French but she knew that they were not allowed to converse in their native tongue or they could jeopardize their place in the ESL program. The ladies all agreed vehemently and were VERY relieved that Mrs had not spoken French to them.

I later asked my Mrs how she knew. She said that she noticed that even though they were struggling with the English language, they continued to converse with *each other* in English, which they would not normally have done amongst themselves.

It pays to pay attention. The girls all walked out with purchases too.

Coming Soon

Coconut Lip Balm
Rose Lip Balm
Watermelon Lip Balm

I see lots of kissing in the forecast.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Pucker Up & Kiss Me!

Well not really but I've got some great new lip balms that you're SURE to use up kissing *someone*! These are made from our popular lip balm formula and will leave your lips smooth and kissable. We've got a great Grape Jelly flavour, a sweet Honey Bee flavour (no bees were used in this awesome lip balm), Jazzberry is a summery raspberry flavour, Creamsicle is the ever favourite orange and vanilla and finally Sasparilla which is a sweet root beer with a touch of warm french vanilla in it.

All of these lip balms are available on our website or in our shop.

Pick up one or twelve for yourself or for that special person you want to smooch with.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Attention to detail

Hey, it's Mrs SudsMuffin chiming in again.

I had lunch with some out-of-town colleagues yesterday at a local restaurant. The place had a beautiful view of the river, fabulous cliff side location, comfortable padded chairs and a great solarium. The menus, however, were poorly copied, well used and grease-stained. How much would it cost to print up some fifty full-colour menus and laminate them? What would it say about the restaurant? The menus become washable and sturdy and will last much longer.

The waitress was nice and professional. She tended to us well. Just before serving our meals to us, she placed two bottles of ketchup on the table. The bottle in front of me had two large smears of tartar sauce on it. It was hard to pick up the bottle without getting your fingers in the shmootz. This little problem would have been easy to avoid if washing down the bottles was part of the table bussing process.

At the end of our nevertheless tasty meal, we were each offered a choice of mints. You could have a red & white one or the vile green & white one. I'm glad I had a choice.

If we miss the mark on simple details like this at SudsMuffin, we want to know about it. We hope you will tell us.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

What's For Dessert?

Ok, are you ready for this? What smells like the best desserts in the world but won't go to your hips? And you can take it anywhere. Give up? Do you really want to know?

Check it out.

Also, back by popular demand is our cucumber melon lip balm!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

How to take a GREAT bath

We have a true love of bathing in this house. Mrs SudsMuffin is known for settling in to the bath just for relaxation, adeptly using her toes to add more hot water as needed. Following are some bath time formulas and tips for enjoying a nice soak.

According to Canada.com:

If you love a hot bath - especially when the wind is howling outside - the bad news is that hot water can aggravate and, surprisingly, even dehydrate your skin. So if you do run a bath, use warm (not hot) water, and try to limit your baths to only a few times a week.

I was recently asked if taking hot baths was dangerous during pregnancy.

Here is Dr Phil's answer:

Women are told not to take baths because HOT water — over 98 degrees — is unfavorable to the pregnancy. Taking a warm (NOT HOT!) bath with someone to help you get in and out of the bath safely can help:

* Decrease uncomfortable swelling in arms and legs.
* Increase the amniotic fluid.
* Prevent premature contractions.

Help the mother relax and alleviate anxiety about the health of her baby.

This is also why swimming is such a great pregnancy exercise.

For a relaxing bath, we recommend using 6 drops of lavender essential oil.

For a stuffy head cold, we love a bath with 6-10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil.

Be sure that you use real essential oils and not fragrance oils. Also, it only takes a few drops in the bath to create a beautifully scented bathing environment. As with anything, use essential oils carefully, keep out of reach of small children (some oils are very toxic), and do not substitute for proper medical attention.

For more on essential oils, we recommend The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

I hear wedding bells!

No, not mine. Mr SudsMuffin and I have been married 18 years (and he's still around to talk about it!). No, what I'm talking about is the upswing of clients who are coming to us because they want to present their wedding guests with our handmade soaps. We currently are working on 3 beautiful wedding orders, not to mention a few bridal shower orders where our soap cakes will probably garner some attention. Of course it's all about the bride but the soap will be smiling too. :)

We meet with the happy couple to discuss ingredients, scents, colours and wrapping. So if you or someone you know is getting married in the near future, we would be thrilled to supply your wedding favours, done to your specifications. Just drop us a line or call our shop. Contact details are on our website: SudsMuffin

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Happy Fourth of July to my cruise ship customers!

We hope that you enjoyed a wonderful Fourth of July in our fair city today. We fortunately had great weather, ordered in just for your visit. (This really put a dent in the city's tourism budget...) A great big Thank You goes out to all people who bought from us today (you know who you are) and I hope that the visitor who bought the four slices of "Be Cider Always" soap cake, will enjoy them for some time.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Nectar of Isis Picture

As promised:

Canada Day

Hello everybody. I hope that you had a wonderful Canada Day. We opened the store today
and had an impressive response. I spent time mingling with the people in the street at the annual Rhoda's open air flea market, handing out pamphlet and speaking with customers old and new.

The Nectar of Isis muscle balm is labeled and ready. Come and get it while it's still available. It's going to go fast.